With a lack of veteran, proven depth at the running back position, Virginia Tech is still looking for an infusion of talent at that position. They’ve targeted several running backs in this cycle, including Washington D.C. product Mychale Salahuddin.
Salahuddin is listed at 5-foot-11, 190-pounds and plays for H.D. Woodson inside the nation’s capital. Salahuddin is a 3-star recruit and is rated as the fourth-best prospect in D.C., according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s picked up tons of offers heading into the summer, many of which are from Power 5 programs. Arkansas, Maryland, Oklahoma, Kentucky, North Carolina and Wisconsin are some of his most notable offers.
Salahuddin is definitely one of my favorite running back targets in the Class of 2018. He’s very fast, extremely elusive and doesn’t shy away from contact. His ability to make people miss in the open field makes him a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. He doesn’t always break the tackle, but he’s able to gain extra yards by putting defenders in bad situations.
He has experience catching out of the backfield, which is coveted in Justin Fuente’s offense, and he runs primarily out of the shotgun. Expect to see Virginia Tech to continue to recruit backs who have experience in running out of the gun. For a guy with as many offers as he has, who is as talented as he is, I’m surprised Salahuddin isn’t considered a 4-star recruit.
Even if he isn’t, plenty of teams have taken notice. Arkansas, Maryland, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech seem to be the primary contenders for Salahuddin’s signature. All of that could change if bigger programs jump in, but I’d give Maryland and Virginia Tech the upper hand at the moment, based on location.
Of course, Virginia Tech has their eyes on multiple recruits at running back. Jamal Elliott, Marcus Caldwell, Justus Woods and Trent Pennix are some of their top targets there, and the Hokies recently offered in-state back Ronnie Walker. Many of these backs seem like great fits in Virginia Tech’s offense, as does Salahuddin. Given the lack of depth there heading into this season, Virginia Tech could easily take two running backs in the Class of 2018.